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City of Waukon Awarded Housing Rehabilitation CDBG Funding

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently awarded the City of Waukon a Housing Rehabilitation Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in an amount not to exceed $253,000 for the exterior rehabilitation of six homes within the city limits.

This program assists communities with preserving existing housing stock and creating new housing opportunities for the primary benefit of low and moderate income individuals. Eligible housing activities include:

  • Owner occupied housing rehabilitation
  • Homebuyer assistance
  • Upper story housing conversion

Owner occupied rehabilitation is focused on three areas of improvement:  energy efficiency, exterior improvements and the removal of architectural barriers to allow aging in home.  The maximum award amount is $24,999 per unit plus lead hazard reduction and technical services.

The Homebuyer assistance program provides down payment and closing cost assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers. The maximum award amount is $24,999 per unit plus lead hazard reduction and technical services.
The Upper story housing conversion program provides assistance for the conversion of existing downtown building space into new residential units. The maximum award under this program is $500,000. 
To learn more, contact Lee Balik at lbalik@uerpc.org.

New Homeowner Assistance Pre-Applications Available in Decorah

Decorah homeowners may have a new way to pay for home improvements later this year. The City of Decorah and UERPC are partnering to apply for a Community Development Block Grant that will assist low- to moderate- income homeowners with critical home repairs. UERPC is seeking pre-applications from Decorah homeowners to determine interest in the program. Applicants must own a home in the City of Decorah and income-qualify to participate.
Pre-applications are now available by calling 563-864-7551 or by emailing nthompson@uerpc.org. Pre-applications can also be picked up at Decorah City Hall (400 Claiborne Dr.) from 9am-4pm or at UERPC’s Decorah office (325 Washington St.) from 9am-4pm.

Pre-applications can be returned to UERPC’s Decorah office, to Decorah City Hall or mailed to UERPC Housing (134 W Greene St, PO Box 219, Postville, IA 52162).
Any interested homeowners are urged to fill out a pre-application, since UERPC has additional programs that can assist homeowners with repairs and rehabilitation. For more information, call UERPC Housing at 563-864-7551 or email nthompson@uerpc.org.